Nets' Shaun Livingston back in the starting lineup against Heat

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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Brooklyn Nets guard Shaun Livingston will be back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, according to Devin Kharpertian of the Brooklyn Game. Alan Anderson had started in his place in the last two games of their first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, and Brooklyn won both of those games. Livingston started 54 times in the regular season.

"He's our starter," Nets head coach Jason Kidd told reporters, via the New York Times' Andrew Keh.

Anderson helped Brooklyn against Toronto because he had to be guarded at the three-point line. Livingston, on the other hand, does not draw any attention on the perimeter. He is the vastly superior playmaker, though, and the Nets might be in need of extra ballhandlers against Miami's swarming defense.

Brooklyn's normal starting lineup -- Deron Williams, Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett -- was the biggest reason for their turnaround in 2014. The group lacks size down low, but makes up for it with versatility. It's not a big surprise Kidd wanted to return to what worked so well for most of the year.

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